Weekly Snapshot Archives - 2015/08
August 26, 2015
In this issue:
- Office for Victims of Crime Releases Toolkit for Helping Victims of Mass Violence and Terrorism: The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), in coordination with the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Office for Victim Assistance and Department of Justice's Office of Justice for Victims of Overseas Terrorism, recently released an online toolkit, Helping Victims of Mass Violence and Terrorism: Planning, Response, Recovery, and Resources. This toolkit is meant to "provide victim service providers with the framework, strategies, and resources to conduct planning and preparation ahead of an incident and to mitigate the impact of future acts on victims."
- Campus Safety Resources from the Clery Center for Security On Campus: All year long, you work to build safe and healthy campus communities. This September, join the Clery Center for Security On Campus for National Campus Safety Awareness Month (NCSAM) and access free professional development opportunities on key areas that impact your campus, such as the intersection of the Clery Act and Title IX, timely warnings, hazing, and other common compliance challenges.
- Campus Fire Safety Month: Campus Fire Safety Month is a nationwide effort that began in 2005 to raise awareness and educate students about campus-related housing fires. August and September are typically the most dangerous times for campus fires, and unfortunately, most students do not realize how quickly a fire can occur and spread. Many students have not received any fire safety education since elementary school.
August 19, 2015
In this issue:
- U.S. Department of Education Seeks Your Input on Protecting Student Medical Records: Yesterday, Tuesday, August 18, 2015, the U.S. Department of Education, Family Policy Compliance Office issued a draft Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) (PDF) reminding institutions of "their obligations under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), 20 U.S.C. § 1232g and the regulations in 34 C.F.R. Part 99, to protect students' education records from disclosure without consent...
- High-Risk Drinking Prevention and Enforcement: The majority of college and university students admit to consuming alcohol. High-risk drinking is engaging in behaviors and patterns that lead to high levels of intoxication. This can lead to harmful consequences such as academic impairment, memory loss, and injury or death to self and others. Prevention and enforcement efforts are critical to the reduction of high-risk drinking.
- Student Government Associations and Campus Safety: With the start of a new academic year approaching, student government associations (SGAs) are gearing up for another year's worth of student representation. SGAs perform a variety of important functions on campuses, one of which is organizing and managing student groups. In many cases, students and administrations are working together to enhance campus public safety.
August 12, 2015
In this issue:
- VTV Family Outreach Foundation Launches Campus Safety Assessment Tools: On Thursday, August 13, 2015, the VTV Family Outreach Foundation, a national non-profit organization founded by the families of the victims and survivors of the Virginia Tech tragedy, will launch the first-ever integrated framework of campus safety assessment tools called the32 National Campus Safety Initiative (32 NCSI). Phase one of 32 NCSI offers institutions of higher education (IHEs) a series of free, confidential, online self-assessment tools to help improve comprehensive campus safety programs.
- Office on Violence Against Women Launches Online Resource Center for Institutions of Higher Education: The U.S. Department of Justice's Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) recently announced the launch of the Center for Changing Our Campus Culture, an online clearinghouse created to provide prevention and response resources for colleges and universities on sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. This website provides information, materials and resources to include research, sample campus policies, protocols, best practices, and information on how to access training opportunities and technical assistance.
August 05, 2015
In this issue:
- New Campus Safety Track for the 2015 Legal Issues Conference: Join the National Center for Campus Public Safety from October 19-21, 2015, at the University of Vermont (UVM) for the 25th Annual Legal Issues in Higher Education Conference. Starting this year, we are collaborating with UVM to bring you a campus safety track.
- Official Launch of the VTV Campus Safety Assessment Tool: On Thursday, August 13, 2015, the VTV Family Outreach Foundation (VTV) is officially launching the new resource, 32 National Campus Safety Initiative (32 NCSI), at George Mason University in Virginia. 32 NCSI is a series of free, confidential, online self-assessment tools designed to assist colleges and universities in their efforts to provide safe campus communities.
- Senate Hearing on Campus Sexual Assault: On Wednesday, July 29, 2015, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee heard testimony from a variety of experts on campus sexual assault and also considered the latest version of the Campus Accountability and Safety Act (PDF) bill which has been undergoing revisions since it was first introduced 15 months ago with bipartisan support.